In today's world there number of voices has exploded beyond measure. Whether they come from blogs, books, magazines, newsletters, podcasts, Vine videoIn today's world there number of voices has exploded beyond measure. Whether they come from blogs, books, magazines, newsletters, podcasts, Vine videos, or tweets it is becoming far too easy to miss worthwhile voices in the din of noise. So imagine how rare it is to just randomly reach into the stream and pull out not only a book that looks like it might be fun to read, but have it turn out to provide useful business-related information.
TLDR? This book is a surprise. There.
The entire book is the autobiography of Marc Ecko, a graffiti artist-turned clothing entrepreneur. Being that I am terminally unfashionable, I had never heard of him. But the story of his early years move along quickly and it doesn't take long before the story of this successes and setbacks becomes engaging. Soon you are riding along in the car with Ecko in much the same way you accompany your favorite TV show characters in each episode. Unlike most TV shows, Ecko's experiences have real lessons to teach. Towards the end, Ecko evens comes right out and spells this lessons out on the wall with big spray-painted letters.
I won't say that you will cheer for Ecko. In fact, he is sort of unlikable in the many ways that real people are unlikable. What I will say is that anyone who does not admire this man's sheer honesty probably has issues with their own failure.
Ecko makes no bones about doing things right. But he also admits to the things he did wrong. Ecko shits the rug and tells the full story in an effort to help others not do so. Maybe Ecko isn't as successful as Martha Stewart, Puff Daddy, or other millionaires. And Ecko Unlimited may not be a juggernaut like Apple or Google. What you can say about Ecko, and this book, is that where others who write business advice texts tell you all about success, Ecko tells both the highs and the lows. He discusses his transformation from shy kid to high roller and finishes as "smarter, but somewhat poorer" business person.
This book may not be as well written as some biographies and business books, but it is real as hell and I think it will almost be in the top 10 best books I read in 2015....more
I have always been a fan of Clive Barker, but it wasn't until too long ago that I began to read his more ... fairy-tale-esque work. Abarat is a greatI have always been a fan of Clive Barker, but it wasn't until too long ago that I began to read his more ... fairy-tale-esque work. Abarat is a great work that is on the level of some of the great children's stories of years past. It is both simple and convoluted as well as endearing and sinister. All much in the same vein as the original Grimm tales.
Definitely a must-read for any Barker fan.
As a note, this is the second time I have read Abarat and this time choice the Audible offering which brought a whole new dimension to the story!...more
This is a fantastically whimsical book that is more than it seems on the cover. Not only is it a great set of historic representations recreated in LeThis is a fantastically whimsical book that is more than it seems on the cover. Not only is it a great set of historic representations recreated in Lego blocks, it is a set of nifty little history lessons.
A definite must-read for anyone who is a fan of history, fun factoids, or Lego blocks!...more